Monday, September 1, 2014
This may or may not work. To say that we've been technology challenged is putting it mildly. I've taken a bit of a blog holiday, and for that I am truly penitent. Methinks a psychoanalyst might find a look into my brain at least noteworthy over the last 4 or 5 months. But let us press on!! China. What a ride!! "What cannot be described must be experienced." Amen, brother. We are in Chengdu, China--capital of the Sichuan province--home of the country's most populated panda preserve AND largest building in the world. Think NYC quadrupled and given multiple more dozens of square miles to lap over into. Picture a huge bowl full of 14 million people in the foothills of the Himalayas. I'll have to picture along with you because those mountains have yet to be seen--probably too far away or maybe too "misted"--a euphemism for polluted. We've seen the sun a little but no blue sky. And while you're at it, conjure up an image of creative traffic patterns peppered with a patrillion scooters and bikes. We live in a somewhat quiet gated complex near our university's old campus. Our apartment is rather large and comfortable, but the kitchen is straight out of a nursery school play corner! Easy bake oven and all! No shelves or cupboards in there. I think we'll try and do some cooking when the dust settles here and we can think along those lines. Until then we eat traditional foods in our neighborhood. Whoa howdy...another post or two or three for that down the road. Our teaching assignments take place on the campus of the new (5 years old) campus 40 minutes on a bus away from our digs. IT IS UNBELIEVABLY BEAUTIFUL. TRULY. Jerry is off teaching his first class as I write this. I dive in tomorrow. I will be teaching a class of PhD students and 3 other sections of sophomores who are getting joint degrees from the University of Glasgow. Professors come several times a month from Scotland to share that with us. We have been quite bold to venture out--both walking, in taxis, and on the metro. Other than the robbery the third night here and the annoying amount of stress incident to landing in a foreign country AND the red tape, we are swell. It is very very very interesting. You all need to come and see it firsthand! I particularly enjoy smiling at all the grandparents with the grandbabies. I'll send pictures. I need to blog about the amazing temple, church, the other teachers, and my humidity-induced frizzy hair. Oh, and the down time!!!!! I've read 6 books! I know!! Lastly, could you please send any and all recipes that call for chicken feet. Seriously.
Saturday, May 31, 2014
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
We have a plethora of beautiful girls in our second generation--meet Lorelai. She looks determined with a sweetness chaser. I can't wait to meet her. I'll probably need a bib and utensils because I plan on eating her up! She makes NINE grandkids--six pink, three blue. Smashing fun! I love her ballerina ostrich. She sent me some birthday greetings and apologized for coming 4 days early of that. Not to worry. We'll share the same zodiac sign and call it good. I find myself peering deep into this picture--trying to perceive her soul, you know. She may be a caboose in that family. I'm wondering who was at her send-off celebration...Will she be the doll toting sidekick her sister Rosie really needs? I hope her arms are skinny enough for the sweater I'm knitting! Dog lover or cat affecianado? Tummy or back sleeper? Mommy's girl or Daddy's? Are there mud puddles in her future? Bubble baths? She seems completely likeable to me. Welcome to the circus, Lorelai. Grab a hand, hold on, enjoy the cotton candy, and watch out for the tigers...Love, Grammy
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
I'm not going too far into details, just can't resist the highlights. Paco left the house early early today to get a crown on a tooth he broke. One car is in the shop, so I said all gallant like, "Ill just walk." We live about 3 miles from the hospital, but the day was above freezing--bikini weather for Brrrrrr Lake. Now, I'm just vain enough that I took some extra time today getting ready. Don't want anyone examining my ROOTS along with my colon! Neither do I want to become legendary for fuzzy legs. Needless to say my pastoral walk into town turned into alternate speed walking/jogging as I raced the clock. It seemed too early to solicit friend help, and besides my phone was dead. With a mile left and my appointment time behind me, I hailed down a car. She waved merrily and passed me by. Then I got aggressive and stepped out in front of the next truck, flailing both arms this time. And THAT is how I ended up being delivered to my colonoscopy by a Peruvian sheep rancher. Honestly.
P.S. Who knew my procedure included lunch in the cafeteria for me AND my newly-crowned designated driver! AND I got an A FREAKING PLUS on my colon!!!!!!!! Whoooo--eeeee!